Update February 4, 2015

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Khaleda Zia’s GATCO case hearing on 9 feb

Sumel Sarker

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

04 February 2015, Nirapad News: Khaleda Zia, in the two writ petitions, challenged the legality of the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission during the tenure of the 2007-2008 caretaker government.

The High Court will hear two petitions on Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (GATCO) graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on 9 February.

A HC division bench, comprising Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hasan, on Wednesday, fixed the date for hearing. ACC prosecutor Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC bench issued the rule, in response to the ACC’s appeal petition for reviving the GATCO graft case.

On January 27 the ACC appointed Khushid Alam Khan as its prosecutor for one of the most talked about corruption cases. Advocate Anisul Haque, currently serving as law minister, was the prosecutor for this case earlier. The next day (on 28 January), the new prosecutor appealed to the HC to include the matter into the day’s cause list.

Deputy director of the ACC Golam Shahriar Choudhory filed the case on 2 September in 2007, accusing Khaleda Zia and 24 others, of awarding the GATCO company a contract illegally for container handling jobs at Chittagong port.

On 13 May 2008, deputy director Zohirul Huda submitted the charge-sheet against 25 people, including Khaleda Zia and nine ministers of her 4-party alliance government. Of the accused former ministers, M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, and Akbar Hossain died and they were automatically dropped from the charges.

Khaleda Zia, in the two writ petitions, challenged the legality of the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission during the tenure of the 2007-2008 caretaker government.

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